Our staff team is made up of paid staff and seconded staff. The role and expertise each member brings to the organisation is shown below.

Helen Black, Chief Officer

Helen Black, Chief Officer

Helen has been working in Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) infranstructure since 1998. Chief Officer of CVS South Gloucestershire since January 2010. Previous roles include Chief Executive of North Yorkshire Forum for Voluntary Organisations and Deputy Director of Bradford CVS. Chief Executive of GAVCA September 2014-August 2015. 

Her areas of responsibility are:

Partnership Working: Compact Implementation Group Vice Chair, Chair VCSE Leaders Board

Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector representation and advocacy: South Gloucestershire Local Strategic Partnership, Chief Officers Group, Safer & Stronger Partnership Vice Chair, Economy and Skills Partnership, Children’s Trust Board Vice Chair, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership Skills Group

Contact Helen on tel 01454 865205 or email helen.black@cvs-sg.org.uk

Jackie Lawton

Jackie Lawton, Finance and Administration Officer

Jackie has worked directly in finance and administration roles for 15 years, and joined CVS South Gloucestershire in June 2013. In July 2015 she successfully completed her Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Qualification

Her areas of responsibility are Managing CVS’ Finances, Managing Finances CVS Delivery Partners, Membership Management and the VCSE Database with Partners

Contact Jackie tel 01454 865205 or email jackie.lawton@cvs-sg.org.uk

Sophie Wainwright

Sophie is employed by CVS and seconded to South Gloucestershire Disability Network.

Sophie has a wide range of experience in the charity sector, particularly in project-based roles creating social change, from a large-scale EU-funded project to community behaviour change projects. She currently also works managing volunteers for another local charity.

Rob Elliot, Community Development Officer

Rob is employed by CVS and seconded to Abbotswood Action Group as their Community Development Worker.

A background gathered in a variety of roles and places including East Oxford, East London, Gloucestershire and North Bristol in Youth, Community and Children’s Work as a Volunteer, Youth worker, Tutor, Trainer, Project Leader, Community Organiser and Fundraiser.